Child Custody & Parental Evaluation Testing:

We provide services to family law practices, the Court, Parental Rights Evaluators (PRE’s), Child and Family Investigators (CFI’s) and others whose duty it is to make sure that a child is safe despite challenges happening in the family.  Divorce and other family issues often create anxiety and fear in the children living in the home. Kids who feel unsafe, unsure, or unhappy sometimes turn to drugs and alcohol for coping.  Oftentimes, this behavior has already been modeled in the home so it seems the next natural step in the progression of adolescence and coping with the magnitude of challenges that are often associated with this period of life.  As a parent, it is your absolute obligation to keep your child safe.  Periodic drug and alcohol testing is a great tool to make sure your child is on the right path.  If not, you can help to provide early intervention to deal with problems known and unknown.

In some cases, children in the home may not be using drugs but may have exposure to others who are. Parents, siblings and other friends/ family who frequently use drugs in a child’s living space may unknowingly be exposing them to harmful metabolites. When drugs like marijuana, methamphetamine and crack cocaine are smoked in the home, drug residue can be deposited on, and incorporated into, the hair shaft. Child Guard Hair Testing can differentiate between ingestion and exposure to these substances.

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Life challenges can also be intensified by drug and/or alcohol use by one or more parent or other adult in the home.  We consult with attorney’s, PRE’s, and CFI’s often to develop an appropriate testing plan for parents who wish to maintain custody/ partial custody/ visitation of their children when a divorce or separation occurs and there are concerns about drug or alcohol use.

Drug & Alcohol Testing for Child Custody, Parental Evaluation & Family Law:

Drug Testing: We will customize the panel dependent upon the situation. 5 panel to 17 panel
Alcohol Testing: ETG (Ethyl Glucuronide); this is a direct metabolite produced by the ingestion of ethanol alcohol; urine test has a window of approximately 80 hours)
Hair Follicle Testing: Panel can be customized to include drugs and Alcohol (ETG); window of detection approximately 90 days for head hair and 1 year for body hair
Fingernail and Toenail Testing: Panel can be customized to include drugs and Alcohol (ETG); window of detection approximately 3-6 months for fingernails and 6-9 months for toenails
PEth Testing: (Phosphatidylethanol); this blood test uses this direct alcohol biomarker to indicate exposure to alcohol going back 2-3 weeks.  This tests is an accurate indicator of prolonged or binge use of alcohol.
Child Guard Hair Exposure Testing: Typical hair tests with other labs will only report a positive exposure result if drug metabolites are detected, even when the native drug is in the child’s hair specimen. ChildGuard® reports a positive result if either native drugs or drug metabolites are detected, giving much better insight about the child’s environment. ChildGuard® can provide evidence of substance use in a child’s environment for the past 3 months, and can be performed on donors of any age.

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